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Re: Women's UFO Symposium Takes On 'Old Boys Club'

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:59:38 -0600
Archived: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:10:19 -0500
Subject: Re: Women's UFO Symposium Takes On 'Old Boys Club'


>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:14:32 +0000
>Subject: Re: Women's UFO Symposium Takes On 'Old Boys Club'

>>"There are so many wonderful researchers out there that have
>>literally dedicated their lives to a cause, and they deserve to
>>balance the energy," she told The Huffington Post.

>Just having women speakers with the same exact view that male
>researchers have is, to me, just another stacked deck. The
>stacked deck being same old, same old, approach. And, yeah, I
>can say I know their approach because they have discussed their
>line of thinking during extended interviews they have given.

>I would have hoped that women researchers would bring a new game
>to the table. But, that is not to be. Too bad. It could have
>been a chance to bring a new concept into the breech.

>Oh well...

Of all the adjectives that come to mind when one is exposed to
the notion that there is a specifically feminine point of view
on the nature of UFOs, "weird" is probably the least, and
kindest, of them.

Two of the most prominent, influential, and tough-minded
individuals in the history of American ufology were Coral
Lorenzen and Isabel Davis. The former brought organizational
skills which assembled some of international ufology's best and
brightest, and Davis still stands tall as one whose intellectual
firepower helped shape an emerging field. Any anthology of the
finest, most perceptive writing on the phenomenon would have to
include her "Meet the Extraterrestrial," published in 1957. In
all of the materials I read, including lots of private
correspondence and other primary documents consulted while
researching the encyclopedia project, I never once saw anybody,
male or female, say, respectfully, neutrally, or dismissively,
of Lorenzen or Davis, "Well, that's woman's thinking."

Perhaps the test for the gender-obsessed to take would be a
blind reading of a piece in which the reader is challenged to
identify whether the author is male or female. I would expect
the test results to land in the 50% range.

A more useful question to explore is why so few African
Americans are attracted to ufology.


Jerry Clark



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